Summer Boredom Jar

Hey there!  So today I wanted to switch gears and talk about something a little different than design and remodels, (although I LOVE those topics).  I want to share a parenting hack because let’s face it, I am a parent of three wild children who are all about to be out of school for summer.  Like most parents nationwide, I am dreading it!!  The first few days of summer vacation are pretty easy going, but soon enough the boredom arises which quickly escalates to arguments.  So I have come prepared with a secret weapon, wait for it… a Summer Boredom Jar.  Genius!!   Anytime my kids come to me throughout summer with “I am bored, what can I do” I will have a few options to give them.  Option 1- Do homework/reading to stay ahead academically this summer, Option 2- Do some household chores, and Option 3- Pull an idea out of the Summer Boredom Jar.  I already know which one they will choose.  That’s right, the jar.  The jar is actually fun-filled activities that aren’t chores or homework, so this is a no brainer.

So let’s break down the jar.  There are countless lists on Pinterest of activities to keep any aged child entertained.  I skimmed through many and compiled a list that will work for my family.  Most activities are things you can do around the house with little or no extra supplies.  If you have a somewhat well-stocked craft room, you will have most of what you need.  Some activities are out and about adventures in your city or town that cost money, but those can be splurge days.  Another positive of having this jar is it gives you a chance to get organized and prepared for what your summer may look like.  So if you do need to buy extra craft supplies you can do so before the kiddos are at your heels complaining of boredom.  Some of the activities can be planned out in advance possibly saving you some $$.  For example, if you choose to take everyone to the zoo you may find there are some half-priced times and days that work for your schedule, so plan ahead and save.

Let me share with you our list of activities from our jar keeping in mind you may need to alter some outdoor activities suitable to where you live.  Such as a river outing may look a beach outing for you.

  • Fly a kite
  • Make paper airplanes/boats
  • Fill a trampoline with water balloons
  • Go for a hike
  • Feed the ducks
  • Board games/card games
  • Learn a dance/ dance contest
  • Make homemade popsicles
  • Hopscotch
  • Go to the library
  • Play charades
  • Bake
  • Make puppets/ puppet show
  • Dry and press flowers
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Wash a car
  • Bike/scooter
  • Write a story
  • Go to the park
  • Go to the river
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to the nature center
  • Go to the aquarium
  • Have a picnic
  • Backyard camping
  • Go to the splash pad
  • Go swimming
  • Go to the water park
  • Float the river
  • Tie dye shirts
  • Go bowling
  • Go to a movie
  • Paint a picture
  • Play mini golf
  • Spa day
  • Movie marathon/ scary?
  • Go fishing
  • Make a movie, play or music video
  • Make a time capsule
  • Make snow cones
  • Go geocaching
  • Flashlight tag
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Chalk art
  • Play Legos
  • Science experiments
  • Water balloon/squirt gun fight
  • Lemonade stand
  • Balloon volleyball/ tennis
  • Model clay building
  • Origami
  • Play kickball
  • Activity sheets found on Pinterest
  • Make a craft
  • Build a fort
  • Make playdough: 1 part conditioner 2 parts cornstarch
  • Finger knit
  • Make stuffed animals
  • Tell ghost stories
  • Hide and seek
  • Stargaze
  • DIY birdfeeder

As summer progresses I am sure we will find more things to add and do but for now, this is a good solid list of 60 activities.  I figure with roughly 85 days of summer vacation this was a good platform to start from.  You may not need as much if you will be traveling this summer.

I hope this can help ease any anxiety and stress you may be feeling as summer fastly approaches.  I know I feel better equipped with a plan and time to put it into action.  Do you have more activities I can add to this list?  Would love any and all help in this critical matter, haha!!

Happy summer planning!!

Best,

Jen

 

A little dose of before and after

 

Hey all!  So I have finally moved onto another bathroom in my house and am so excited to share!  Approaching the one year mark of being here in Boise, in our fixer-upper….I sure hoped to be further along in the actual “fix up” process.  Such is life, and life with three busy kids can be hard to get things done, who knew!  My kid’s bathroom was a rough one!!  If I had to pick a theme for the recent decor I would have to say some sort of Aladdin inspired style.

You can see why I feel I have been transported into the Aladdin movie with this purple color matched with these gold mirrors reflecting Eastern shaped decor.

 

I couldn’t take it any longer, (I seem to finally crack with so much dislike for the outdated decor, I snap and decide to start a remodel at the worst times), I mustered all my energy and finished a project on my list.  My two younger kiddos wanted a superhero bathroom which kinda made me cringe, but I was able to come up with a happy medium.  Something we all like, all the while not slamming you in the face with a crazy marvel color scheme.  Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind a little color but feel that we currently already have one room (my son’s) dedicated to marvel decor.  My first desire was to lighten this space up.  It is a bathroom so I wanted it to feel fresh and clean (I appreciate a clean feel in the loo).  From there the design took off and turned out great!  Let me share…

 

So much brighter!  The perfect kid’s bathroom and let me tell you why.  First off I hung the mirrors a little lower than average as my littles need to be able to see themselves.  Second, I found the best memory foam, feel like your stepping on clouds rugs, for each kiddo to rest their feet on while we brush out tangles and scrub our teeth.  My hope is they will feel so divine standing on these rugs that the rest of our meltdowns just fade away.  That is just wishful thinking I suppose.  Third, this is actually a Superhero bathroom.  Notice my DIY art hung on the wall?  Our friends Capt. America, Spiderman, Falcon, Batgirl, Supergirl, and Black Widow all make an appearance in black and white.  I found all these superhero images on Pinterest under superhero coloring pages.  I printed them at home for free and found some cheap white frames at Micheal’s to hang on the wall.  I made sure to find frames that had mattes so the images looked better and not cheap like a poster in a frame.  So easy and made the kids sooo happy!  I knew I wanted a bright white fresh bathroom, then deciding to use black and white images of superhero’s I kept in color scheme and found black and white accents to finish out the bathroom.  Black mirrors, black rugs, black and white striped rugs with black and white hand towels all tie in together.  My hardware on the vanity and faucets are all a matte black as well.  A white shower curtain makes the room feel more open and airy.  Using a black basket on the counter to corral all the kid’s toiletries keeps everything looking tidy.  We also had a little fun with the above toilet cabinet adding a few action superheroes (and maybe a poop emoji).  I am really stoked at how this turned out and the best part is this was really at no cost.  I painted the room adding new mirrors.  We spray painted the existing faucets and hardware to match the color scheme.  Purchased new rugs, towels and displayed our superheroes in matching frames was all it took.  Hope you like the finished product!

 

Do you have cost-friendly bathroom remodels to share?  Any compromises on bathrooms where kids request interesting ideas in decor?  Do you need any ideas to remodel, update and refresh your loo?  Upload some before pictures and I would love to help brainstorm inspiration for you!

 

Have a great Hump Day, Happy Wednesday!

Best,
Jen

Add some color; add some personality

Hey there!  Just wanted to share some tips and inspiration on adding color to your space.  Adding pops of color here and there can really bring some personality to your space that really shows who you are and what your style is.  Whether you just add pops of color or go all out and paint that beautifully moody bedroom the daring shade you have always wanted, color is a trend that will never fade.  I have found some amazing examples to help inspire you to take that jump and add distinctive character that is you.

First, let’s start with pops of color as this is the best way to take it “slow” if you are new to color.  Pops of color is a great way to showcase your personality through a neutral background.  Most of us probably are more comfortable with small pops of color and the best part is you can switch out the color as easy as 1,2,3.  A few throw pillows in a vibrant pink magenta that matches the rug with a few accents can easily be switched to a different color or more subdued color.  No painting walls or buying new furniture, simply store away and bring back out when you feel like more character.

Need some color in your neutral kitchen?  Don’t paint the cupboards or the walls, find a different focal point.  Love this blue island, very unique and fresh.

How about your powder room?  Such an easy space to add some funky fun personality.  Powder rooms are small and work perfectly for daring ideas.  Check out this bold powder room.

Let’s explore this idea a little further.  Let’s add some more color.  Let’s get a little “moody”…

Sally Worts

This room has a tonal dark blue color, that brings a sassy style.  Using accents of warm golden tones really pops against that stylable blue.  This is such a huge trend right now, painting a room in a tonal effect, meaning that the trim, molding, and baseboards are all painted the same color.  This technique is definitely more of a commitment and you have to be ready for the dramatic effect but isn’t it to dye for (no pun intended, haha).

Burnett Bungalow

Love how this masculine color really turned quite romantic and feminine with a few color popping accents.  The dark walls are very complimentary with the natural toned floors and mirror frame, the white furniture ties in nicely with the white baseboards.

SFGirl

I love how this dining room came together.  It looks so glamorous with the dark tones marrying the warm tones of the wood up high and down low.  This is the perfect picture of a very dramatic moody room.  Again there is more of a commitment but such a statement that it may be worth living with for a while.

I hope I have inspired you all to create spaces and homes that showcase your personality through color.  What do you prefer?  Pops of color or the tonal wall to wall color?  I would love to see how you have all come to style with your personality, so please share.

Happy colorful Tuesday!  Hope you all have a great rest of your week!!

Best,

Jen

8 Creative ways to cover your patio; Which to choose?

credit: El Mueble

Hey there!  So summer is almost in full swing here in Idaho, this last weekend was actually hot.  Which got me to thinking about how we really need a covered patio in our lives.  I have never before been able to choose which patio cover I would like as all my past houses had covered patios that I just worked with.  So this is a fun yet very crucial decision as I want the function of this patio cover to be the first concern with appearance to be a close second.  So I started some research this weekend, feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the inspiration and photos on Pinterest and Instagram, came up with a few different options that could really work in our space.  We are so lucky to live in a day with ideas flowing so freely at our fingertips but honestly, sometimes there is just an overload. Then I have such a hard time making decisions and end up wanting it all.  So I thought I would ask you all what you think?  Which patio cover should I choose?  What will stand the test of time and weather?  What has the best appeal?  Most of all what is the most unique?

First, let me share with you a picture of my current patio.  You can see we really need some cover, but not too much coverage as I would like some sun to peek through.

 

Here are my options to choose from and why I like them:

credit: Lili In Wonderland

What I love about this modern approach is the reminiscent appeal of an exclusive poolside cabana, this wood slat enclosure provides shade and adds an element of privacy to your patio.  It feels very warm and welcoming, a place you can really pause in.

credit: Brookes and Hill

You can’t think patio cover and not think Pergola.  Pergola’s can stand the test of time as they are a very classic piece to a patio space.  I love how simple they are but how much style they can bring to the table.

The exposed beam design creates a ‘built-in’ look by using building materials and design elements that integrate seamlessly with the rest of the house — no one will ever know it’s an add-on.  This is the ultimate trick for any outdoor living, making it feel as though it is parallel with indoor living.  A positive with more coverage for your patio is using it longer during the year.  Just imagine curling up under a blanket “outside” when the weather cools.

credit: Sanctum Screens

Taking the exposed beams up a notch with this metal screen.  Laser cut metal screens are one of the most creative, not to mention visually interesting, ways you can cover your patio. Not only are the screens themselves beautiful, but they also cast incredible shadows with the changing sunlight.  This would definitely be a high price point which is a negative for me.

credit: El Mueble

This is my favorite!  I love the natural appeal and believe this would have the best amount of coverage.  This lush, vine-covered trellis is pure boho-chic magic!

credit: Outdoor Theme

Unlike sail shades, fixed shades are attached to metal frames and cannot be repositioned. Even though these canvas shades aren’t adjustable, there is still plenty of room for style. For example, these bright orange-colored gems are full of character. Don’t be deceived by their shady disposition — while fabric shades definitely provide cover, they still let in plenty of sunlight.

credit: Welke

This metal canopy, reminiscent of a midcentury home carport, is a beautifully modern patio cover solution.  A very very simple but yet eye-pleasing patio cover.  As much as I love MCM I sadly don’t think this is a real possibility for my patio, it wouldn’t flow with the rest of the house as it doesn’t have any MCM architecture.   I just really wanted to include it because I think it is amazing!

 

Can you see how hard it is to just choose one?  Who knew this one would stump me.  I would love to hear from you all and see what ya think?  We can tally up votes to see which direction to go and do a fun before and after reveal!  Let me know what you think by commenting below!

 

Have a beautiful Monday everyone!!

Best,

Jen

Take a Moment to Pause

Hey all!  I have a confession to make.  I dislike doing dishes!!  Even more,  I despise cooking and baking.  With that being said I have a family of five so I am constantly doing those dreaded things.  I find myself in the kitchen, wishing and daydreaming to be doing anything else.  I have decided to try and look at these chores in a different way, better yet having something lovely to look at while I do these chores!  I have designed a little window vignette that helps remind me what I love most, the outdoors!  Someplace I can pause and reflect.  To take a moment and just breathe, to be mindful.  Not that you need to style a vignette to do this, because being mindful and taking pause can literally happen anywhere.  I just find it more enjoyable and peaceful to create a space to remind me to slow down and reflect.

I find myself standing at this spot in my house at any given time all the time!  So why not embrace it, right?  I love to be able to see outdoors to my children playing outside while I prepare or clean up a meal.  Opening the windows to hear laughter and converse with the family.  The bones of this space were perfect for just a bit of a spruce up.  I decided to add my favorite wood ceiling fixture in the corner of this window box for a unique and special highlight.  It also helps to absorb some of the white negative space between the two cupboards.  I like the organic natural approach to any decorating so of course, with this window box and all the amazing light pouring in, placing plants here is a must!

Keeping with the organic theme I placed the not so fun stuff (dish soap) in a wood box, that flows nicely with some of the plant pots and wooden ceiling fixture up top.  Trying to take it a step further and place a vase with a pretty flower matching the tall plant’s pot in mustard yellow.  Who wouldn’t want to do dishes now??

Well, there ya have it, a view from my seat in life.  I can now remember when I am in this very spot to stop and soak it all in.  Be grateful for the beauty right outside my window and right in front of me.  I am hoping now to enjoy doing the dishes more (is that possible?).

Do you all have a spot that helps you to slow down soak it all in?  A place that reminds you to breathe and reflect on all that you are grateful for?  Please share some mindful spaces you all enjoy.  Also, any tips on how to enjoy chores more are much appreciated!!

Best,
Jen

P.s. This is a really great spot to grow some starts of fresh herbs for our garden.  Check out the far right corner.

Terracotta Hues

Ok, I wanted to give a shout out to a color that I am seeing everywhere!!  I am falling in love with the Terracotta hues that is pretty much taking us all by storm.  Bringing the warmth into your home with the shades of rust, clay, and blush.  I LOVE all the sustainable rattan furniture and accessories, and I feel the terracotta hue is one that compliments this natural textile with many different textures and possibilities.  It is a very organic, natural tone that can incorporate into any color palette and for just about every style.  So without further ado let me show you some eye candy to help inspire you to bring this natural hue into your decor and everyday use.

Thanks to some beautiful pics with lovely items from Lulu and Georgia we can really see how incorporating some of the hottest hues can really warm a space.  I love the blush sofa with the mocha colored pillows bringing such harmony to this space that feels very comforting.  If a pink sofa isn’t in your future I love the second picture with blush tones in the rug grounding this space.  That mustard striped pillow really pops with the color palette.

LOVING this serene bedroom!!  Honestly, I could get super comfortable here and probably never leave.  The tones in this bedroom from Lulu and Georgia have a complementary color palette all the while keeping you in a state of relaxation.  Check out those rust color pillows poping on that mint colored bedspread.  Oh, and did we all see that rattan light fixture.  Perfection!!

I know I have been displaying very feminine pictures to inspire the natural hues, so here I decided to show a more masculine room with some amazing rust colored chairs.  With the dark blue sofa and the orange rust chairs being on opposing sides of the color wheel this room from Lulu and Georgia really displays perfect balance.  Can I just say I am crushing on that coffee table!!

Well, there you have it folks, my eye candy, and favorite hue this season.  So unique and wildly different that it is a welcome change!

Happy Terracotta Thursday!

Best,

Jen

A Simple Hack to Styling a Room

There is a thought process when trying to decide on how to style a room.  First, you want to understand its function so that you can style around whatever that may be.  Second, you will want to establish a mood, is it formal or casual?  This helps you to determine what colors, textures, and furniture you will need.  When you have determined all the above, try drawing out on graph paper where you will place each piece of furniture.  This will help to decide wall paint and accent walls.  Now it becomes easier to put your plans into action.  Once you have painted walls and placed furniture, it is my favorite time, time to style.

Many people get timid about this part, but you shouldn’t be.  This part of the decorating is all about you and your style.  This is your home so let it reflect your style.  There are many different styles out there such as bohemian, minimalist, farmhouse, contemporary, and so on.  Lucky for us there are also many quizzes online that can help you narrow down your style.  For me, I find that I can simply look at Pinterest, or magazines to get a feel for what my style is.  Another way is to look inside your closet and see what your wardrobe reflects.  My personal style would be a modern boho style if I had to pick.  Something free-spirited.  That’s what I want my style to portray, casual, fun, with a little unique or maybe weird.

Now that we have completed the initial design steps how to get started?  Well, start with each corner of the room, focusing on table tops, shelves, nooks, etc.  You will want to create little vignettes.  The definition of a vignette is as follows:

noun
  1. 1.
    a brief evocative description, account, or episode.
    “a classic vignette of embassy life”
  2. 2.
    a small illustration or portrait photograph which fades into its background without a definite border.
verb
  1. 1.
    portray (someone) in the style of a vignette.

So basically just have fun with this.  Try to keep within your color palette, mood, and style of the room but get a little funky.  You want to create little corners, shelves, and tabletops, that tell a small story about you or your family.  Something interesting and dear to you is always a must.  Maybe a cool collection of things found on vacation, or a flea market find.  Honestly, it is hard to go wrong here,  so turn up the music, relax and have fun.  It is all about putting little things together and standing back to see if it “feels” right and balanced.  There are really no hard rules here so if it feels good to you then it is on point!  Let me share with you a few vignettes of my own that I recently created after storing Easter decor away.

 

Here is my mantle.  I recently painted my stone fireplace (link here) white and painted the wood mantle black.  I am so happy that I made this decision as I love how it turned out.  I have created a little vignette on my mantle hoping to express my style of a modern boho feeling casual and fun.  For the shelf mantle, I have a simple rule of 3’s.  Three items all in varying height and size.  I love my artwork from Art.com, I feel that it is the weird and unique I was looking for.  I have a special wooden box up top acting as a shelf for two small glass vases with twigs and flowers.  This mantle is less cluttered because I wanted a clean feel.  You can always stagger on from here in other small groups of items spaced appropriately, which I have done before.  I just like having my focal point to be my rule of ‘3’.  On my stone hearth, I have placed two pillows to give a warm comfortable feel.  I also like the texture the pillows bring to this space.  I have another wooden box (I have a thing for wooden boxes) next to the pillows.  I placed a fun flea market purchase on top of the box.  It is a polished piece of rock from a special place dear to me, in a color that works in my palette.   On the opposite side of the hearth, I have placed my snake plant in a natural woven basket alongside a few candles in black and cream. I have draped a black shoulder throw (from my closet, I told you to look there) over the mantle to help deflect some negative space in the stone surface of the fireplace.  This is a unique look and a bold statement that brings a tremendous amount of texture. If you will notice all my items are in a color palette of a natural tan, black and white.  That is why this works so well.  They all share the same tone which brings harmony and balance.  All the while expressing my style.

Here are a few corners of my living room.  The first picture is a corner styled with function in mind.  It is the shoe drop off in my household.  It is right around the corner from my front door and a total drop off spot.  My kids and their friends immediately head here to sit and take their shoes off.  So placing a bench next to a catch-all basket works well for us.  To style it I placed a soft comfy blanket as extra cushion for your tush, using a back pillow for more support.  To tell a story of this space, I placed my beloved and well-used rainboots next to the bench opposite side my flea market wicker purse draped over the arm.  The idea is to hopefully influence my guests to get comfortable and leave their belongings at the door.  Again here my color palette is natural tan, white and black, with a few fun bright pops of color from my daughter’s art project. The second picture shows my reading nook.  My favorite blue retro reading chair with my vintage light fixture behind it to allow for proper reading light.  The window right next to the best seat in the house is a plus!  A side table with a few knick knacks in the natural tones and textures compliments the colors used throughout the room.  The blue tone in my son’s school art project really pops the blue color of my chair.  For a feeling of comfortable and fun.

So what are you waiting for, pour your favorite beverage, get your jam on and start playing/styling.  Remember not to take it too serious, just have fun.  Try out a bunch of looks, stand back and see how it feels, if it feels good then you nailed it!

 

Happy Styling!

 

Best,

Jen

DIY Table Square

I know what you are thinking…. what is a table square?  Well, it is as it sounds, not a table runner but a table square.  I put this one together today in no time flat and LOVE it.  I am digging that it isn’t your typical runner and the best thing is it is one of a kind.  I will list all the steps to complete this project so that you can refresh your table with this unique piece as well.

What you will need:

  1. 1-yard fabric
  2. twine or jute rope
  3. thread/needle or sewing machine
  4. not a seamstress, no problem just grab some fabric glue

 

  • First, you will need to pin off the fabric to form a large pillowcase shape.  Essentially this is just like making that pillowcase back in home economics if you can still remember that.  Flipped inside out, folded and pinned together on the edges, sew or glue your hems together.  Sew/glue all around the rectangle shape leaving just a small opening so that you may flip the right side up when finished.  You will then sew/glue the small opening together using the hidden hem stitch method.
  • Next up the tassels.  Take your twine rope and wrap around your four fingers about 20-25 times. Cut a small piece of twine to tie around the top of your four-fingered wrapped twine. Wrapping the piece around 5-10 times then tie off.  Trim off excess ends.  Next cut the bottom of the four-fingered wrapped twine and trim ends.  Now you have a tassel.
  • The last step is to tie your tassels on the corners of your table square.  You will need four tassels in all.  Simply stitch the tassels on any way you see fit, I am not enough of a seamstress to know how to correctly stitch these on.  I just used my thread and needle and made a few passes in and out to attach the tassels.

 

I think this will be so cute as a simple table square, but better yet I think it will be so cute placed under appetizer spread.  Just gives it that styled touch that we all crave.  That extra step above for your cheese boards.

This project was so simple and quick, give it a try and share your table squares.  This was a minimalist one you can totally jazz them up more and I want to see your creativity!!

 

Happy DIY Sunday!

Best,

Jen

 

4 tips for your outdoor oasis

Hey, there happy weekend!!  We have literally been outside all day today as it was a perfect Saturday!!  My favorite way to spend the weekend is out in our backyard as a family hanging out.  We did some yard work followed by sprucing up our patio and ending with a delicious meal outside. While being outside today I have discovered a few good tricks to really bring out the best in your outdoor oasis.

This is such a good idea and fun way to style a bench.  Using a blanket or even an old rug, as my favorite stylist Emily Henderson, has done in the picture above.  It adds such warmth and texture to any space.  This will also be so much more comfortable to sit on for time spent eating and sharing.

A fun and unique way to liven up your outdoor space is to add a festive umbrella.  I love the first picture up top with the fringed umbrella from Anthropologie.  If spending $$ on an umbrella isn’t an option, try buying an umbrella second hand from Craigslist or your local thrift shop.  Purchase some fringe at your local fabric or craft store and sew on your fringe.  If sewing isn’t your jam you could try using fabric glue.  The second picture gives you an idea of how amazing it can look to add some light at twilight under your umbrella.  Gives so much warmth and would be fabulous for a romantic dinner.

I found this idea from yet again Emily Henderson.  I seriously have such a style crush on her.  In the picture above she hangs a pendant from a tree.  If you have all your ducks in a row and can hang a pendant from a tree and have wiring capabilities then this idea is PERFECT for you.  If you don’t have any electricity nearby then try using a pendant with burning candles to give you your evening glow.

DIY an outdoor fireplace for those chilly nights.  The possibilities are endless, anything that is safe to withstand heat a.k.a. fire is a potential candidate.  Maybe an old iron cauldron like the second picture above.  Have you recently cut down a tree?  Hollow it out and line with metal for your next firepit.  Having a unique centerpiece such as a DIY fireplace really sets you apart from the rest.  A definite conversation starter.

 

Do you have any fun, unique ideas that bring out the best in your outdoor space?  If so please share!  Happy outdoor living!!

 

Best,

Jen

 

 

DIY Wooden Bead Garland

Ok, so I am crushing hard on the latest home accessory.  The wooden bead garland is a must!  So organic and simple yet eye-catching and looks great wherever it “plops” down.  I love this one used by Emily Henderson.  The different shapes of this particular garland are very playful and casual on this patio oasis.  In preparing my own patio oasis I decided I needed this hot accessory.  The best part is I can DIY this and I dig a fun and easy project.

Items needed:

  1. Jute string
  2. Wooden beads (any variety you choose)
  3. Siccors
  4. Tassels (can be made as well)

 

Steps:

  1. Start by taping the end of your jute string so that it doesn’t fray when you string your beads.
  2. Start stringing your beads in any pattern and/or shape of your desire.
  3. String as many beads as you would like until the garland is your preferred length.
  4. Leaving a little length on each end of the garland (about 2″) trim your string from the spool.
  5. Next, your possibilities are endless. You can either tie off each end with a knot, leaving it as is.  Or you can tie on tassels to each end or even just to one end.  I will choose to tie on two tassels, one on each end. You can also thread little charms or tags to each end with secure knots as well.
  6. Since I am choosing to do tassels I will explain how to make them.  You can also purchase premade tassels just about anywhere that sells craft supplies.  To make the tassel, wrap the jute around your hand until you reach your desired thickness (about 15-20 times).  Cut the end of the jute and carefully slip it off your hand.  Make sure both end pieces are hanging down from the top of your bundle.  Then take another piece of jute and wrap it around the top of your tassel (about 1/4″ from the top) to create a neck. Wrap as thick as you’d like it then tie it off and cut the ends.  Cut the loop on the opposite end of the tassel and trim the ends.
  7. Now all that’s left is to tie on the tassel with the excess string on the ends of the garland.  Trim excess off the ends.

 

There you have it, in no time at all a one of a kind home accessory that will be a show-stopper!  I can’t wait to get started on mine and I have a feeling I’ll be making more than one.  Share your DIY home accessories with me to inspire more authentic creativity.

Happy DIY Wednesday!

Best,

Jen

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